I wanted to take a moment and thank Dayna Schickedanz and Barnes and Noble for the wonderful event they organized. I had a fantastic time, met several new people, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Dayna and the employees at Barnes and Noble were extremely accommodating and truly went above and beyond, especially in regards to promoting the experience. As you can see in the pictures below, they gave it their all!
Thanks also to the friends and family who came out to support me. Seeing your kind, familiar faces set my nervous heart at ease. I especially appreciate my in-laws who stayed home with my youngest child who was getting over the croup. This allowed my wife and other daughter to attend, which meant the world to me.
If you couldn’t make it, no worries. I received so many well-wishes via social media and regrets — I didn’t expect anyone to personally explain why they couldn’t attend, but I still appreciated the gesture! There will always be another event, and you will always be invited to attend … whether you like it or not!
To those of you reading Andropia for the first time, I hope it resonates with you. I hope it speaks to you the way it spoke to me as it demanded to be written. I hope it inspires you to never stop asking questions, to cherish your independence, to celebrate your identity, and to demand answers from those who would prefer you remain uninformed.
By the way, if you think the poster they made for the event is awesome, that makes two us. I said as much, so they let me take it home. Pretty cool, right?